Jun 22, 2010

Sherlock Holmes Review

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The movie kicks off in the brunt of action with Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) foiling an occult sacrifice by Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). Blackwood gets imprisoned but gives Holmes a cryptic promise of his resurrection and revolution which Holmes quickly dismisses. Well Blackwood gets hung but doesn't stay dead, so the case is re-opened and now the dynamic 19th century duo have to crack the case and stop Blackwood before he murders again.

There were three main things that stood out to me about this movie. The first was that there was a crap-load of action in this movie; much more so than someone who actually knows the tales of Sherlock Holmes would expect. So don't go in expecting a straight-mystery "who dunnit?" film.

Secondly, I can't attest if the books are like this but whenever I saw Holmes and Watson talking it reminded me of Dr. Gregory House and Dr. James Wilson. But then I've also heard that House is based off of Sherlock Holmes so that may not be coincidental. Regardless of what was an allusion to what, it was very entertaining.

Thirdly and finally, the final minutes really dragged on. Personally I think the last shot of the film should have been of Holmes and his love-interest Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) after she hints towards the plot for a sequel to this film, but someone clearly felt it was necessary to go back and explain Holmes discoveries from something in the beginning of the movie. Felt like they could have ended it with a bigger punch, even though the legitimate ending seemed like a snag from Batman Begins.

My Highlights:
Anything with the giant French henchman (Robert Maillett AKA ex-pro wrestler Kurrgan who played the Über-Immortal in the film 300). His character was overflowing with personality and tons of great fight scenes. Also the scene with Rachel McAdams undressing (no nudity in the film, but VERY hot).

Overall Rating:
The actual mystery portion of the film played a far-far-far second-fiddle to the action in this film, and all the discoveries are completely spoon-fed to you. However, the chemistry between the actors is great, the dialog is funny and believable and the action's amazing. Looking past that most will expect more intellectual process from a film about the world's greatest fictional detective, the only thing that really weigh down this popcorn flick is the run time (2 hours, 8 minutes). So the final score for this film is a very respectable and impressive 4*'s out of 5, or 8*'s out of 10.

When You Should See It:
If you're going on a trip or some occasion where you don't want a thinker, you just want to see stuff get destroyed and good bromance one-liners. Maybe it'd be a good date movie if your partner likes any of the actors / actresses involved.

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